May 19, 2017
Often the history of words reveal long-forgotten truths by harkening us back to a deep past before experts parsed the world into small bits, built the complex industry called ‘modern day thought,’ and excluded those aspects of human experience that remain beyond the reach of scientific validation or explanation. The history of words reminds us … Continue reading "Giving Every Child Access to Their Strengths"
May 18, 2017
Project based learning, the rising star in the educational firmament, is on the lips of nearly every teacher and district in the U.S. and in many countries abroad. A newly recruited army of PBL experts march to the front of professional development workshops, evangelizing for project-based work and selling the notion that this is what … Continue reading "Giving Every Child Access to Their Strengths"
May 8, 2017
A few years back, I worked with many schools across the country that became enamored with project based learning after site visits to PBL icons such as High Tech High or had sent a team of administrators to a PBL conference—and returned with wide-eyed enthusiasm for reinventing education at their school. Mostly, it didn’t happen. After an … Continue reading "Giving Every Child Access to Their Strengths"
April 29, 2017
By Thom Markham FN News Group In a move cheered by education advocates for standardized learning, education officials somewhere announced today that the robotics revolution has finally reached the classroom. In numerous districts across the U.S., teachers will be replaced by highly programmed robots capable of delivering core content and dense packets of fact-based information … Continue reading "Giving Every Child Access to Their Strengths"
March 31, 2017
“You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.” – Friedrich Nietzsche This may be the first time in history that Nietzsche’s philosophy has been applied to Project Based Learning (PBL), but it’s a perfect starting point for discussing a topic … Continue reading "Giving Every Child Access to Their Strengths"
March 29, 2017
As PBL continues its trajectory toward becoming the majority method of instruction, another job not yet invented will come to the fore: The PBL Coach. In some form, this job exists now. But the position is filled primarily by teachers who succeeded at PBL in their classroom or instructional coaches recruited from traditional classrooms who … Continue reading "Giving Every Child Access to Their Strengths"
February 18, 2017
After watching her deeply engaged students and teachers gather in celebration after an inspiring project showcase last fall, a proud elementary school Principal—the new head of a school that had underperformed for years—exclaimed to me: “Every teacher needs to learn how to do this!” In another school, a 6th grade science teacher related how multiples of students voluntarily confided … Continue reading "Giving Every Child Access to Their Strengths"
February 18, 2017
The problem with the 21st century is that it won’t stand still. Just when the goal came into focus—get students ready to be ‘globally competitive’ and prepare them for ‘tomorrow’s world’ by teaching problem solving, collaboration, communication, and design skills—the planet decides to accelerate into its next phase. A confluence of events is laying this bare. … Continue reading "Giving Every Child Access to Their Strengths"
January 21, 2017
I’ve worked at over 350 schools—public, private, and charter—and with more than 6000 teachers in the past fifteen years. Perhaps it’s quaint in a post-truth world, but I have ‘experience’ and a certain number of ‘facts to share. First, congratulations to President Trump and presumptive Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, for putting education front and … Continue reading "Giving Every Child Access to Their Strengths"
January 13, 2017
It’s always been of interest to me that an IQ test for students in 1910 contained questions such as this: What is the relationship between a dog and rabbit? Even more interesting is the correct answer at the time: Dogs chase rabbits. In 2016, such an answer would qualify the test taker for one of those scientific … Continue reading "Giving Every Child Access to Their Strengths"